[ALGTOP-L] PhD studentship available

Jeffrey Herschel Giansiracusa j.h.giansiracusa at gmail.com
Mon Apr 23 05:48:51 EDT 2012

PhD studentship in algebraic topology
Swansea University Mathematics Department, College of Science

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in algebraic topology,
funded by the EPSRC, to work on "Moduli spaces from a topological
point of view" with Dr Jeffrey Giansiracusa at Swansea University,
within the Mathematics Department.  The studentship is funded for
three years and is available for a start date of 1 October 2012 (or
earlier if desired).  The studentship will cover tuition fees at the
Home/EU rate plus a stipend of approximately £13,590 per annum based
on the standard EPSRC rate.


Moduli spaces are important and beautiful geometric objects that touch
many areas of pure mathematics.  This project aims to study moduli
spaces arising in low dimensional topology and algebraic geometry
through the powerful lens of homotopy theory.  The student will work
closely with Dr. Giansiracusa to study compactifications,
decompositions into elementary pieces, and applications to topological
quantum field theory, low-dimensional topology, and tropical geometry,
and algebraic geometry over the 'field with one element'.  The project
will begin in the area of topology, but could easily head towards
algebraic geometry or in other directions depending on interests.


Applicants should either already have graduated with or expect to
graduate by the end of 2011/12 academic year with a 1st class or upper
2nd class honours degree in mathematics, or an equivalent
qualification from abroad.

Please note, there is no residency/nationality restriction, but the
funding will only cover fees at the home/EU rate.


The deadline for receipt of applications is 22nd May at noon.

Applicants should send a CV and a covering letter with names of
referees directly to the Department by email or post.  The address is:

Dr Jeffrey Giansiracusa

Department of Mathematics

Swansea University

Singleton Park

j.h.giansiracusa at swansea.ac.uk

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